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13 AAU Staff Fired Over Sexual Harassment, Fraud

No fewer than 13 members of the academic and non-academic staff of the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State have been sacked over allegations of fraud and sexual misconduct.

NIGERIACRIME gathered that the management of the institution terminated the appointments of the affected staff members for alleged offences ranging from falsified age, financial fraud, gross misconduct, extortion and sexual harassment.

The development was disclosed by the Acting Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Asomwan Adagbonyin, who made it known that the affected staff are from the Faculty of Basic Medical Science, Medical Laboratory Sciences, Nursing Department, Engineering Department, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Political Science, as well as the former Director of the university’s farm.

The VC revealed this on Monday while presenting the committee’s report to the Chairman, Engr. Andrew Olotu, and members of the AAU Special Intervention Team in Benin City.

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Adagbonyin also added that the management reached the decision to sack the erring staff following the recommendations of the University Staff Disciplinary Committee which found them guilty of the offences.

He revealed that the disciplinary committee gave the affected staff a fair hearing and recommended that “the criminal aspect of the disengage staff offence should be reported to security operatives.”

Prof. Adagbonyin said a lecturer who was the head of nursing science was recommended for sacked after he was found guilty of extorting students of N32,000 and N52,000 respectively, adding that a lecturer who was indicted for sexual harassment was also dismissed.

He said, “The lecturer had claimed to only make advances, but he went to the said girl’s church to plead for forgiveness. The victim has been protected and reassigned to another lecturer.

“Out of the 209 disciplinary cases received, the USDC has concluded 132 while 77 cases representing were pending,” he added.

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